Me: haven't raced in many many years, but I still like to re-live my youth on GS skis when the snow conditions are right. 61 years old, 5'9", 170lbs.
Just before the start of the 2013 season, I picked up a pair of 2012/2013 Atomic D2 Race GS skis at a local ski swap at a great price. They were "new", wax coated bases wrapped in the factory plastic & X16 bindings mounted [I later swapped the X16s for X12s]. Details on the skis, from the topsheets:
103 x 67.5 x 86.6
Flex numbers: 48/37
Labelled length: 175
I snagged 'em because I believed them to be the slightly more complaint FIS women's 23m version.
I've skied 'em & they're great & surprisingly manageable. This left me scratching my head. I thought they'd be a little more work. So, recently...
I found the FIS ski radius calc tool (http://member.fis-ski.com/skicalc.htm), measured the skis via precision digital calipers (per the FIS specs) & plugged the numbers into the calc tool.
Per the calc tool, the skis have a measured radius of 19.44m - not the labelled >=23m.
The ski measurements (per the specs for the calc tool) were:
Measured length: 1739.9mm
front max: 102.55mm
mid min: 67.01mm
rear max: 86.25mm
mid min point to tail: 698.5mm
I doubted the calc tool at first, so I measured 3 other sets of skis in my quiver (I skipped the ones that have rocker). In each case, the tool showed a radius that agreed with what was labelled on the ski (was either right on or +- a few tenths of a meter).
I can't see how these could be actual FIS AA0018200's, because I'm pretty sure they would have failed pre-race measurements. Heh, maybe that's why I found 'em at a ski swap. But, still in the wrappers??
Anyway, they perform great for me - no complaints. Just curious if anyone has seen this kind of ski radius variance (labelled vs measured) before.